Medical marijuana dispensary regulations under review

Sarah Hellekson, city administrator, told the Jamestown Building, Planning and Zoning Committee Tuesday that one option was a $5,000 fee that could be adjusted later.

Mayor Katie Andersen said the fee should be based on a tangible cost the city would be incurring for the administration of a medical marijuana dispensary permit.

Ramone Gumke, chairman of the Building, Planning and Zoning Committee, directed city of Jamestown staff to research what additional training would be required for Jamestown police and fire officers, formulate a fee to cover those costs and include it in a draft ordinance for consideration at the July 24 committee meeting.

The committee decided the draft should include language that all workers at a medical marijuana facility be subject to a city background check if they have not already passed a similar check by the North Dakota Department of Health. Insurance and bonding requirements for dispensaries were also set.

In other business, the Public Works Committee approved the plans and the solicitation of bids for the James River Cleaning Project.

Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the project is divided into seven segments with the city reserving the right to do as many segments as funding will allow.

Jamestown is receiving $150,000 as a grant from the state of North Dakota that must be matched by local funds.

Dillman said the project will removed dead trees, branches and other debris from the river to improve the flow of the river in case of future flooding events.

The Public Works Committee also approved a $2,800 change order to the Frontier Village Retaining Wall contract for the application of surface sealant.

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